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Healthcare Practitioner - Audiology

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year PRO RATA
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Audiologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The service provides a district level adult rehabilitation service to a population of approximately 450,000 covering Sunderland and South Tyneside and a sub-regional level service (including paediatric assessment & rehabilitation and diagnostic audiology) to a population of approx. 700,000.

The department has an excellent national reputation and has contributed to initiatives and guidelines development in areas including Paediatrics, Learning Disabilities and Clinical Networks.

There are 27 staff and we provide a comprehensive range of services relating to the assessment and rehabilitation of hearing and balance problems in both adults and children are provided, including approximately 12000 adult assessments, 3500 new hearing aid pathways, 1400 paediatric and 450 balance assessments per annum.

There are good links with the University of Sunderland and the department has an active research portfolio, as well as accredited supervisors providing BAA Higher Training across the service.

Contact details for job related candidate queries:

Dee Adamson


Main duties of the job

We are seeking an enthusiastic Audiology Healthcare Science Practitioner (Band 5) to join our friendly team.

The post holder will contribute to the provision and development of individual management plans in the adult service. They will also be involved in the hearing assessment of older children.

The role may also allow development opportunities in the areas of Paediatrics and Non-Routine Assessment, under the supervision of senior staff, as well as providing supervision for Associate Practitioners and Student Audiologists.

You must be able to demonstrate excellent clinical and communication skills both with patients and professional colleagues, as well as someone who works well within a team.

We pride ourselves on supporting staff development and where appropriate encourage access to the BAA Higher Training Scheme in accordance with service needs.

Essential qualifications for Audiologist / Healthcare Science Practitioner (Band 5) post:

BSc (hons) Degree in Audiology and be eligible to register with either the AHCS, RCCP or HCPC.

Successfully completed clinical competency associated with BSc or Equivalent (e.g., BAA Part I & II examination)

Must be eligible for AHCS/RCCP/HCPC state registration and undertake appropriate CPD activity (for example through participation in an accredited CPD scheme such as the BAA)

Minimum of 3 years experience as a Trainee Audiologist.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post involves contributing to the provision of an all-age audiology service across the Trust, working as part of a multidisciplinary team. This includes the assessment and rehabilitation of a caseload of adult patients with hearing and balance difficulties.

The requirements of the post will also include supervision of junior and trainee staff.

The post holder will work with the Head of Service and senior staff to ensure that clinical and professional standards are always maintained.


Person Specification

Skills and Knowledge


  • Qualified Practitioner knowledge of adult and paediatric diagnostic audiology and aural rehabilitation, aural impression taking, vestibular testing and paediatric testing
  • Good listening and counselling skills
  • IT literate with understanding of Audiology PMS
  • Ability to communicate with patients of all ages, other professionals, and other agencies.
  • Work calmly and methodically when under pressure from a busy and constantly changing caseload.
  • Work effectively without direct supervision

Physical skills


  • There is an essential requirement for the post holder to travel to/work at various sites across the Trust (possibly on a daily/short notice basis). Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the role.
  • Occasional requirement for light moving and handling.
  • Ability to sit at workstations as necessary to perform the post.
  • Requirement for speed and accuracy, and good keyboard skills.



  • Minimum of 4 years experience as a trainee Audiology Practitioner/Associate Practitioner



  • Need to include the following as a minimum requirement:
  • Basic Numeracy & Literacy Skills to Level 1 or equivalent
  • Basic IT Skills
  • Successfully completed all 4 years of BSc Physiology (Audiology) including clinical logbook or equivalent.
  • Successfully completed competency associated with BSc or equivalent (e.g., BAA Part I & II examination)
  • Must be eligible for RCCP/HCPC/AHCS registration and undertake appropriate CPD activity (for example through participation in an accredited CPD scheme)


  • Mentorship Qualification

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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